On Monday, a Norwegian B787-9 Dreamliner from JFK landed in Gatwick (LGW) after just 5 hours and 13 minutes. That is the fastest on record for a commercial aircraft beating the previous record of 5 hours and 16 minutes thanks to the jet stream. The flight reached a top speed of 776 mph, just a bit faster than the previous day which completed the flight in 5 hours and 20 minutes.
The Norwegian captain told Business Insider:
“We were actually in the air for just over five hours and if it had not been for forecasted turbulence at lower altitude, we could have flown even faster. The 787 Dreamliner is a pleasure to fly and it’s a great feeling to know that we have set a new record in this aircraft.”
The supersonic Concorde record from JFK to LHR occurred on 2/7/96 with a flight time of 2 hours and 53 minutes aboard British Airways.
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